Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously in a heart-wrenching moment of opening. More commonly, it happens when we polish the mirror of the heart with daily practice to see beyond the illusion of our thoughts and emotions and into the luminous landscape of our true nature.
For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love, and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present here and now.
Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass's own spiritual practices, including: Opening our hearts to unconditional love; living; aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life; how selfless service transforms us; working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom; guidance in devotional chant; and meditation and mantra practice.
For those both new to and familiar with Ram Dass, here is his celebrated guide to discovering who we are, why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.